PBSO deputy rescues woman held at knifepoint, shoots suspect in head

Homes in the 22000 block of Larkspur Trail in the Thornhill Green community near Boca Raton.
Homes in the 22000 block of Larkspur Trail in the Thornhill Green community near Boca Raton.(WPTV)
Published: Jul. 2, 2022 at 11:51 PM EDT
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A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot a knife-wielding man in the head Saturday after he held a woman against her will and refused to drop the weapon, sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera said.

The incident occurred shortly before 6:30 a.m. during a welfare check at a home in the 22000 block of Larkspur Trail in the Thornhill Green community near Boca Raton.

When deputies arrived, they heard a woman screaming for help and forced their way inside the home, Barbera said. That's when they encountered a woman being held against her will by a man armed with a knife, Barbera said.

The suspect refused commands to drop the knife, so a deputy, fearing for the safety of the woman, fired his gun, shooting the man in the head, Barbera said.

The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was listed in stable condition. The suspect was taken to a different hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

The deputy who shot the suspect has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a deputy-involved shooting.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is the lead investigative agency regarding the shooting.

The suspect is facing charges of armed false imprisonment and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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